Third Level Funding – Basic Research in Science

Posted in Research on March 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the open letter from over 900 scientists to the Government (details supplied); her plans for the successor to the strategy for science, technology and innovation 2006 to 2013; and her further views on increasing funding for basic research across all scientific disciplines …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 March]

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Priority Questions: Scientific Research

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his policy on capturing the long-term benefits of scientific research, following an open letter by over 900 scientists (details supplied); his strategy for the funding of applied research and basic research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 26 March]

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The scientists are mad as hell, so show them the money

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A letter signed by 800 scientists frustrated at lack of funding for basic research comes just as the Government calls for submissions on a new strategy for science, technology and innovation. Talk about timing …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Basic Research and ‘That’ Letter

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Governments always want some sort of tangible return from academic research. But since the financial crisis began in 2008, the prevailing view in Ireland has been that the primary or even the only role of academic research should be to generate economic growth through product innovation and the creation of start-ups …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 March]

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Funding basic research in science

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – In response to the Irish scientists concerned about current Government policy in relation to basic research in Irish universities (March 18th), I feel it is imperative we have a response from industry …” (more)

[Patrick Gallagher, Irish Times, 20 March]

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Some 800 of our best scientists spell out how to achieve the right balance for Irish research

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A properly functioning scientific research strategy is an essential for any country seeking to become a world player in this complex and highly competitive sector. Research takes place across widely differing organisations and for widely differing reasons …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Funding basic research in science

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As scientists in Ireland and Irish scientists abroad, we are committed to making our contribution to Ireland’s recovery by doing the best and most innovative research possible. However, we are deeply concerned about the research policies implemented by the current Government …” (more)

[Tom Cotter and others, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s drive to focus government research grants on areas that might create jobs and wealth is ‘short-sighted’ and is destabilizing the country’s basic-research fabric, say around 900 scientists in a letter to the Irish government. The call is aimed at changing the course of Ireland’s national research strategy, which is currently under revision …” (more)

[Declan Butler, Nature, 17 March]

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Science Foundation Ireland Remit

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he is taking to ensure that Science Foundation Ireland continues to fund basic fundamental scientific research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 17 December]

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Dispute Over the Future of Basic Research in Canada

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2014 by steve

Canada“Canada’s National Research Council is the country’s premier scientific institution, helping to produce such inventions as the pacemaker and the robotic arm used on the American space shuttle. But last year, its mission changed …” (more)

[HT: Brendan Guilfoyle]
[Karen Birchard and Jennifer Lewington, New York Times, 16 February]

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Research Funding: Funding for Outputs, Please, and not for Ego

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2013 by steve

“Chris Horn has written, ‘Commercial success, at least in IT, is not driven by the size of R&D spend’. This is very true, in Ireland as elsewhere. There has been concern expressed in Ireland by various sources recently …” (more)

[Fionn Murtagh’s Blog, 2 September]

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Irish Innovation: Basic and applied research battles in Ireland and Europe

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2013 by steve

“While basic or curiosity research is important, Irish and European science lobbies are pressurising governments to give funding priority to it even though innovation does not necessarily follow from science …” (more)

[Finfacts Ireland, 3 September]

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Higgs leading by example

Posted in Research on May 20th, 2013 by steve

“A chara, – Having attended local schools, it was immensely satisfying to co-organise a free public outreach lecture over the May bank holiday weekend on the discovery of the Higgs’ boson with Prof Peter Higgs as a speaker at NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[Eoin O Colgain, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Canada puts commercialisation ahead of blue-sky research

Posted in Research on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

Canada“… ‘There is a consistent pattern of steering money away from basic research’, says Turk. ‘More and more of it is being directed to company needs’ …” (more)

[Brian Owens, Nature News & Comment, 22 March]

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Basic or Applied Science?

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“Is this applied or basic science? There’s a growing perception, at least from some quarters, that the SFI focus now is almost entirely on applied science …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 25 January]

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Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Bill 2012 [Seanad] (Number 113 of 2012)

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Bill entitled an Act to amend the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2003; to amend the Science and Technology Act 1987; to amend the Industrial Development Act 1993; to amend the Industrial Development Act 1986; to amend the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and to provide for matters connected therewith …” (more)

[Tithe an Oireachtais, 12 December]

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New legislation to focus scientific research on turning good ideas into good jobs

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, today (Wednesday) announced the publication of the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012, following agreement by Government …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 12 December]

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SFI remit extended to include funding of applied research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“The remit of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has been extended with the publication of the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012, following agreement by Government …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 12 December]

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Irish Innovation Bill: Bruton and Sherlock promise to turn ‘good ideas into good jobs’

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Richard Bruton, minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation and Seán Sherlock, minister of state for research and innovation, today announced the publication of the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012, following agreement by Government …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts Ireland, 12 December]

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